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Water Conservation in the Hospitality Industry Keyes Mc. Gee, E. I. North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Tanglewood Manor House Bed and Breakfast Inn Grandover Resort and Conference Center
Why Conserve Water? The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. (Sioux Proverb) Vital Resource Limited quality Limited quantity Saves money By changing to water efficient equipment and procedures, a hotel or motel can cut its water use by up to 30%. -- US EPA
Areas for Water Conservation Laundry facilities Guest Rooms Toilets/urinals Showers Sinks Laundry needs Swimming Pools & Spas Restaurants Landscaping
Case Study Examples http: //pasture. ecn. purdue. edu/~epados/hotel/src/intro_f 2. htm
Swissôtel Atlanta Plumbing retrofits; Linen reuse program; Heating and cooling systems upgrade; Ice machines; Rinsewater reuse; Leak detection program.
West Coast Grand Hotel Seattle, Washington All toilets and urinals were installed as low-flow equipment; All showerhead and faucet aerators are being updated gradually; Guests who occupy a room for two or more nights are given a choice to have bath and/or bed linens changed.
Tampa, Florida Hotel (unnamed) Bathroom Retrofits; Cooling Adjustments; Irrigation Modifications. potential savings of: 4. 5 million gallons of water and $8, 833 each year
Key Program Elements • Support from the top. • Use of resources and incentives. • Recognize importance of an integrated conservation program on bottom line. • Show of goodwill to the public.
Conservation Promotion Opportunities • Join a participatory recognition program; • Conservation signage for staff and guests; • Conservation education on in-room information channel; • Become an EPA Energy Star Partner.
Resources US EPA Water Alliances for Voluntary Efficiency (WAVE) Hotel Water Management Program: http: //www. epa. gov/OW-OWM. html/waterefficiency/wavesaver. pdf http: //www. epa. gov/OW-OWM. html/waterefficiency/
Resources Georgia P 2 Assistance Division Water Efficiency: http: //www. state. ga. us/dnr/p 2 ad/watereff. html Southwest Florida Water Management District: Water C. H. A. M. P. is the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program http: //www. swfwmd. state. fl. us/watercon/waterwo rk/checkhotel. htm
Resources Georgia P 2 Assistance Division Water Efficiency: http: //www. state. ga. us/dnr/p 2 ad/watereff. html NC DPPEA Water Efficiency Manual: http: //www. p 2 pays. org/ref/01/00692. pdf Hospitality Web Site: http: //www. p 2 pays. org/hospitality/